Casting Call Feb 19th 2019

2019-02-19T13:21:30+00:00February 19th, 2019|

The Big Chapel Casting Call

Asylum Productions is seeking an actor to fill the role of Emerine (‘Nina’) Scully in our forthcoming adaptation of Thomas Kilroy’s The Big Chapel (Kilkenny Arts Festival, Aug 2019)


Casting Brief

Emerine (‘Nina’) Scully:

Playing age – 16/17

Physically small, but with a large presence – wiry and tough.

Part Emma Gonzales, part Gretta Thunberg, Emerine (‘Nina’) is a feisty teenager with an attitude. The adopted daughter of  the local school headmaster, she is ‘the outsider’ to her peers. Pragmatic and headstrong, she grows from being an awkward troublemaker to a reluctant but powerful leader.

Dates: JULY 13th – AUGUST 18th

For more information:
Telephone: Director’s Assistant Janice de Bróithe 0860759166
Producer: Maura O’Keeffe 087 2234201


Asylum Productions is a collaborative affiliation of theatre artists dedicated to the development and presentation of new work: through both new writing and the development of new forms theatre. Led by Donal Gallagher and Medb Lambert,
the company’s work always has a social dimension: exploring the human experience in contemporary society through diverse forms of story-telling. Since its foundation in 1998, Asylum has presented a number of critically acclaimed  productions of new and contemporary works, touring nationally and internationally.

The Big Chapel Project is a large-scale, inclusive, participative, multi-disciplinary, community engagement project consisting of talks, workshops, events, podcasts and community gatherings, and culminating in a large promenade theatre production at the 2019 Kilkenny Arts Festival using the town of Callan as its stage and facilitating the people of Callan, in partnership with a professional cast and crew, in the telling of their own story.

The basis for this ambitious project is Thomas Kilroy’s Booker Prize nominated novel The Big Chapel which is set in a fictionalised Callan of the 1870’s and based on the real events surrounding the internationally notorious Callan Schools Affair.


Director: Donal Gallagher
Writer: John Morton
Designer: Medb Lambert
Costume Design: Lisa Zagone
Music/Sound: Irene Buckley
Lighting Design: Paul Keogan
Video Design: John Loftus
Choreographer: Cindy Cummings
Choral Director: Muireann Ryan
Assistant Director: Janice de Bróithe
Stage Manager: Sadhbh Barrett Coakley
Sound Engineer: Anthony Hanley
Assistant Producer: Orlaith Treacy
Production Manager: Emma O’Grady
Producer: Maura O’Keeffe


Week beginning 8th July | Rehearsal Week 1
Week beginning 15th July |  Rehearsal Week 2
Week beginning 22nd July | Rehearsal Week 3
Week beginning 29th July | Rehearsal Week 4
Tuesday 6th August | Technical Rehearsal
Wednesday 7th August | Technical Rehearsal
Thursday 8th August | Technical Rehearsal
Friday 9th August | Tech & Dress Rehearsal 1
Saturday 10th August | Tech & Dress Rehearsal 2
Sunday 11th August | SHOW 1 (Preview) 8.30pm
Monday 12th August | SHOW 2 8.30pm
Tuesday 13th August | SHOW 3 8.30pm
Wednesday 14th August | SHOW 4 8.30pm
Thursday 15th August | SHOW 5 8.30pm
Friday 16th August | SHOW 6 8.30pm
Saturday 17th August | SHOW 7 8.30pm

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